Agnès Varda

1928 · Belgium

Artist biography

Agnès Varda is an established contemporary visual artist, who was born in Belgium. Agnès Varda was born in 1928. Artists Marcel Broodthaers, Pierre Alechinsky and Jean-Michel Folon are of the same generation and same country as Agnès Varda.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Agnès Varda is represented and exhibited by Galerie Nathalie Obadia | Brussels in Belgium. Agnès Varda's work are currently exhibiting at Galerie Nathalie Obadia | Brussels in Belgium with the exhibition Portraits, from the 17th to the 21st century (13 March 2020 - 02 May 2020). Agnès Varda's other most recent exhibitions recorded on Artland include the exhibitions; Exposition d’été (25 June 2019 - 12 July 2019) at Galerie Nathalie Obadia | Brussels in Belgium and 10 ans (23 April 2019 - 20 June 2019) at Galerie Nathalie Obadia | Brussels in Belgium. Agnès Varda's first recorded exhibition in Artland's database was called UNE CABANE DE CINEMA : La serre du Bonheur and took place at Galerie Nathalie Obadia | Paris, Rue du Bourg Tibourg in France from the 14 April 2018 to 09 June 2018.

Historical Context of Belgium

Bordered by France and the Netherlands, the small country of Belgium has been considerably influenced by its neighbours throughout time and asserted itself as a vibrant and inventive artistic hub in the second half of the nineteenth century. Belgian art productions were essential in the unfolding of Surrealism in the 1930s, mainly through the works of Rene Magritte and Paul Delvaux. Among others, Marcel Broodthaers, Wim Delvoye, Francis Alys and Luc Tuymans are key figures of the Belgian art scene of the twentieth century. Highly influenced by Belgian artists, the Symbolist movement was a prominent artistic trend, early precursor to Surrealism, and including artists such as Léon Spilliaert, Jean Delville, Fernand Khnopff and James Ensor. As the era of the avant-garde began to take place in Europe towards the late nineteenth century, Brussels turned into a focal point for the Art Nouveau movement, which included the architect Victor Horta amongst its founders.

Further Biographical Context for Agnès Varda

Agnès Varda was born in 1928 and was primarily influenced by the 1930s. During the 1930s, many political ideologies such as Marxist Socialism, Capitalist Democracy, and the Totalitarianism of both Communism and Fascism were engaged in struggles for power, and epitomised the political atmosphere of the era. In the Soviet Union, Stalin’s government was in dire need of urgent funds to implement the industrialisation of the Five Year Plan. In a secret bid to acquire funds, the government proposed to sell off assets from the State Hermitage Museum in Leningrad (St. Petersburg), which included some two hundred and fifty paintings by the Old Masters, a number of which had been deemed irreplaceable. Many of the pieces came to be owned by Andrew Mellon, via the New York based art dealing company, Knoedler.

Agnès Varda

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